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October 15, 2015 7:56 am

Revealed: Facebook Posts of Foreign Journalist Covering Israel Show Extreme Bias

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UK Media Watch has reviewed a series of Facebook status updates by The Telegraph’s Middle East correspondent Robert Tait, which reveal a radical worldview more in line with the agitprop of Electronic Intifada bloggers than a journalist for a serious British newspaper.


Here are a few examples of status updates from the Jerusalem-based journalist, some of which seem to suggest that he accepts the radical anti-Israel caricature of an immutably racist Jewish state drifting towards fascism.

In the below post, Tait curiously uses the German phrase “Auslaender raus!” (“foreigners out”) – possibly meant to evoke the anti-foreigner (and anti-Muslim) rhetoric of German extremists – in the context of posting an article about the firebombing of a migrant’s apartment in Jerusalem.  

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He also approvingly posted a Haaretz article by Zeev Sternthal during last summer’s Gaza war, arguing that Israel was moving towards fascism. Sternthal is an extreme-left academic who argued, during the Second Intifada, that Palestinians have the right to commit acts of violence against settlers.

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Below, Tait approvingly posts an appallingly misleading Guardian article suggesting that Israelis were ‘cheering’ the killing of Gazan civilians during last summer’s war.

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In this status update, Tait posts two articles by extremist Gideon Levy (of Haaretz), one claiming that Israel’s real purpose in the Gaza war last summer was simply “to kill Arabs,” and the other suggesting that the state is drifting towards Soviet-style totalitarianism.

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Tait also posted another Haaretz article – this one about a book suggesting that “hatred is a basic everyday element among [Israeli] youth, and a key component of their identity.”

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Last July, Tait posted a Haaretz article advancing the Israel-Nazi analogy.

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In this post, Tait mocks the “new antisemitism” – a term generally meant to characterize the hatred of Jews that hides behind ‘mere’ hatred of the Jewish state.

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Here Tait posts an article suggesting that “claims” that Iranian leaders want to destroy Israel and kill Jews are not true. Rather, the author of the article concludes that Iran merely supports the Palestinians.

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Jews behaving badly:

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Here Tait posts an article he wrote at The Telegraph, and characterizes as “scary” the notion that Christian Arabs want to fight for Israel.

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Whilst most British journalists covering Israel are clearly biased against the country, Tait seems to go beyond mere bias (and pro-Palestinian advocacy) by accepting some of the more crude and bigoted stereotypes of the Jewish State. Further, it’s remarkable that he clearly doesn’t feel any need to hide his views.  

At the very least, Tait’s animosity towards one of the parties in a decades-long conflict he’s covering raises serious questions about how Telegraph editors can expect him to uphold basic journalistic values such as fairness, professionalism, and objectivity. 

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  • Terry

    Curious that the self hating Jewish journalists claiming that Israel prohibits contrary views are publishing their bile In Israel.

    The Jewish islamofascist sympathizers like gideon levy are worse than the racist and genocidal arabs. A cancer in the body of the Jewish People.

    But let them self righteously prattle to their small readership. Their self hatred then becomes apparent by reading their poison and lies and no doubt G-d will deal with them appropriately.

    As for the foreign media Jew haters, well nothing has changed since 1939. They still hate us, because they just hate us. We can’t change them by anything we do. And the muslims infesting their own countries will deal with them when they cease to be useful idiots. They deserve their muslims.

  • enufizenuf

    Why don’t some enterprising young Israeli males escort him permanently out of the country, or something?

  • This person, Robert Tait, displays flaming Anti-Semitism that I view as dangerous to all Jews, not just the Jewish citizens of Israel.

    Israel has tried numerous times to achieve peace with its Islamic residents and neighbors, to no avail. Although sick and injured Muslims go to Hadassah Hospital for wounds, disease etc.

    Once, long ago an American Black woman told me she hates Jews but would ONLY go to a Jewish MD if sick or injured. No wonder Jewish mothers urge their children to go to medical school.

  • Emanuel

    Vice did it too not on their website but on facebook look for it.